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A ropes course is a challenging outdoor personal development and team building activity which usually consists of high and/or low elements. Low elements take place on the ground or only a few feet above the ground. High elements are usually constructed in trees or made of utility poles and require a belay for safety.
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**Those interested in participating in a Ropes Course  or related activities should obtain professional instruction from a licensed, reputable source, such as a guide, a school, or service.**

 

Ropes Courses have been around for quite some time.  It is believed that they date as far back as ancient Greece, where they were used to train soldiers.  Today's Ropes Courses are far more sophisticated  compared to the ones believed to be used by ancient Greeks.

George Herbert, a French Naval Officer, is cited as the originator of the modern Ropes Course.    In the early 1900's, Herbert developed his own method of physical education, apparatus, and principles to train in what he called the “Natural Method,” which included the development of physical, moral, and “virile” qualities in an outdoor environment. Drawing from his naval background, Hebert patterned some of his obstacles on obstacles found on the decks of ships.

Wikipedia has this to say about the modern Ropes Course:

Since the 1980s, ropes course sophistication has evolved considerably. Modern ropes courses incorporate sophisticated belay and safety systems using wire rope, friction devices, and climbing harnesses to manage what before were unmanaged risks. Recent technological advances in pole hardware and climbing equipment along with industry-accepted installation and design practices have greatly reduced the risk to end users and to the natural environment. Modern courses make use of a variety of materials other than trees, including utility poles and steel structures. Today’s courses can be found in a variety of locations, including wooded areas, open fields, or inside heated buildings.

The popularity of Ropes Courses has reached such a state, that there are some 7,500 estimated courses in the USA alone, with nearly 200-400 courses being added each year.


Ropes Courses fall into two basic types, and for the purposes of this Category either will suffice: High Courses, and Low Courses.

High Course can be a pre-fabricated course, built of utility poles, cables, and bolts, that is built by a contractor, or it can be a course that is hand built in a wooded area, where ropes and wire are attached to different trees. Whether constructed by a contractor or personally, to make the course open to the public, strict regulations set in place by the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) must be adhered to and the course must be inspected regularly to ensure its safety.

Low Ropes Courses consist of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task.

Ropes course programs can be designed to meet a number of educational, developmental, and recreational goals. High ropes course and climbing programs generally focus on personal achievements and ask participants to confront their personal fears and anxieties. Challenges may be physical and/or emotional.


For the purposes of this Category, we are only interested in Ropes Courses that can be legally accessed.  Examples of a Course that would be considered accessible:

California State University Monterey Bay Rope Course

Mount Hermon Retreat

For the most part, Ropes Courses at Summer Camps or similar facilities are not accessible to anyone but the camp participants, and will not generally be accepted without some clarification on access to the Course.  An example of a Ropes Course at an inaccessible Summer Camp would be the following:

Camp Kennolyn Ropes Course

 

 

 

 

Instructions for Posting a Ropes Course Waymark:
Please post as much information about the Ropes Course as possible. There is an optional field to include any website information of the group or agency that is responsible for the Ropes Course.

At least two photos of the Course from different vantage points is required.

Some Ropes Courses are located on Private Property, such as Summer Camps and so forth. Please do not post any Ropes Courses that cannot be legally accessed by the general public. The option to refuse a submission is totally up to the discretion of the Category Officers. When in doubt, include as much information about the access that you can, either as a Note to the Category Officer or in the Description.
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SS22.9 km

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Ropes CourseKletterpark Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler - Rheinland-Pfalz / Germany

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One of the longest rope slides of Germany (450m), about 80 climbing elements, Tarzanjumps, death slingshot, banana jump, climbing labyrinth, partner course and Xtremeparcours. Children's course from 4 years.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Iris & Harry

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 3/29/2018

last visited: 3/29/2018

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NN34.3 km

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Ropes CourseBlackfoot Hochseilgarten - Köln, Germany

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DE: Hochseilgarten am Fühlinger See in Köln. EN: Ropes course at the lake Fühlinger See in Cologne.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 6/9/2017

last visited: never

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SS45.7 km

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Ropes CourseHochseilgarten ring°werk - Nürburgring - 53520 Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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[DE] Hochseilgarten im ring°werk Erlebniszentrum am Nürburgring. [EN] Ropse course at the the ring°werk experience center at the Nürburgring.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 5/23/2016

last visited: 5/9/2018

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SESE48 km

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Ropes CourseKletterwald Sayn, Bendorf-Sayn, Rhineland-Palatinate (RLP), Germany

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[DE] Hochseilgarten im Kletterwald Sayn. [EN] Ropes Course in the climbing forest Sayn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 5/23/2016

last visited: 2/21/2019

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SESE50.7 km

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Ropes CourseKlettergarten - Grenzau - RLP - Germany

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Klettergarten in Grenzau

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 3/18/2017

last visited: 3/29/2018

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SESE107 km

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Ropes CourseKletterpark am Neroberg - Wiesbaden - Germany - Hesse

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A rope course in the recreation area of Wiesbaden.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ColleIsarco

location: Hessen, Germany

date approved: 8/21/2018

last visited: 8/18/2019

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